From A To Global Z – Episode 3

‘Bridging the Technology Gap’

A new format for our vlog will feature a different microphone being used for each episode. This allows our viewers to hear a wide variety of microphone characteristics from a wide variety of microphones. Then, a reflection of where and when The Global Z Recording Project got its start and why it took ten years to go from concept to launch.

Episode 2 is Posted

From A To Global Z Episode 2 is posted:

This video reveals how the personal, professional, and educational experiences of Bill Lord morphed into the conceptualization and launch of The Global Z Recording Project.

Check Out Our New Vlog!

We have a new weekly vlog that was just published, called From A To Global Z.

Episode I – An Introduction to From A To Global Z

The series provides a behind-the-scenes view of the past, current, and future workings of The Global Z Recording Project. You can access our vlog via our website menu bar!

Please check us out!

Reflections on 2019

What an amazing year. With the help of our terrific Board Members, Volunteers, Student Interns, Student Musicians, Supporting Parents, Supporting Organizations, and Sponsors, we have successfully:

  • Completed our Phase I Proof of Concept Project – Colorado and Maryland
  • Completed Phase I Summative Survey and Data Analysis
  • Successfully mixed and mastered Come Home
  • Produced Come Home Phase I music video –
  • Added Dr. Jonathan Cresci to the Board – Director of Audio Production
  • Applied for 80+ grants
  • Received private donations
  • Received grant funds from an anonymous foundation
  • Acquired new mics, tripod, USB audio interfaces and video lighting
  • Produced a fundraising video
  • Developed Instagram site with the assistance of a student team from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation (c/o Dr. Jenifer Roberson)
  • Conducted an analysis and action plan to improve organizational branding, visibility, and attract grant and sponsor funding with research and guidance provided by a graduate student from American University School of International Service (c/o Prof Stephanie Fischer)
  • Recruited Dr. Kelly Laurila (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), as an Indigenous Culture subject matter expert
  • Changed our mission statement
  • Produced a new informational and topic-related vlog – From A To Global Z: Episode 1 (currently in post-production)
  • Partnered with Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation
  • Established new partnership with George Mason University Law School Arts and Entertainment Clinic (c/o Dr. Sandra Aistars)
  • A team of graduate students from the University of New Mexico Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (c/o Dr. Damien Sanchez) continued work on the creation of a learning management system shell and the design and development of Phase II content with Dr. Jim Honeycutt and Dr. Kelly Laurila
  • A student intern from Academy of the Fine Arts Frederick (c/o Jonathan Kurtz) conducted a characteristics analysis of microphones available to Global Z to be used during future recording projects

Every year I look back on what has been achieved and every year I stare at the computer monitor truly humbled. Five plus years since our beginning, I find myself more humbled than ever.

Our 2020 objectives are numerous and will prove to be highly informative. I hope you will continue to track our progress as we work our way toward offering truly global audio production and community-building projects.

With heart-felt thanks to all who continue in many unique ways to make this organization a reality. I wish you all peace through music and a Healthy & Happy New Year. Cheers.


A Warm Welcome to Dr. Kelly Laurila – Our Latest SME

Global Z extends a welcome mat to our latest subject matter expert, Dr. Kelly Laurilia, from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Titles from a few of her most recent publications include:

  • Reconciliation in social work: Creating ethical space through a relational approach to circle pedagogy
  • Drum Circles and Community Music: Reconciling the difference
  • Reconciliation: All our relations
  • Indigenous knowledge? Listening for the drumbeat and searching for how I know

Kelly’s knowledge, background, and personal experiences will undoubtedly serve the Phase II Project and participating student musicians well and help ensure a transformational and positive learning and experience for all.

Global Z is a Client of GMU’s Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic

This fall has been highly productive for Global Z. We are truly excited to announce our organization has been selected as a client of the Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic of George Mason University School of Law. As an organization who produces original music, it is imperative to have contracts in place that define the music ownership rights of Global Z, our musicians, producer and audio engineer. GMU’s clinic will assist us in generating contracts that address these crucial needs. This is a very big deal for us. We are grateful to the law students of the clinic, their Director, Sandra Aistars, and the faculty for the support they provide!

Graduate Intern From American University SIS Working With Global Z

We are incredibly fortunate to continue building on the new partnership developed this summer with American University’s top-ranked School of International Service (SIS).

Last week, I met with our talented and knowledgeable graduate student intern from SIS. She is working with us to formulate a strategy on how we can most effectively move our mission forward.

She brings impressive experience and skills to our organization. I am excited about some of the observations and preliminary ideas she has already presented and look forward to developing an action plan with which we position Global Z for future success!

University of New Mexico OILS Program and Global Z

Once again, we have the honor of working with a talented team of graduate students from the University of New Mexico Organization, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS) Program.

Under the guidance of Dr. Damien Sanchez, the student team will be collaborating with Distinguished Professor Emeritus from Louisiana State University and current adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. James Honeycutt, to create content for our Phase II Project Learning Management System.

In a nutshell, during our Phase II North America Native Music Project, our exceptional student musicians from different locales across the US and Canada will not only be creating commercial quality original music virtually, they will also build inter-cultural/inter-tribal friendships. The content developed by the OILS student team with Dr. Honeycutt will go a long way with meeting this cultural sharing and personal bonding experience!

Be sure to check back in about ten days – I have more exciting news to share!

Student Internship Underway: Academy for the Fine Arts

Fall Semester 2019 is underway, and this means partnerships and student interns! We have an amazing group of schools we are working with this Fall.

We have begun working with a student intern from the Academy for the Fine Arts, Frederick County Public Schools:

Our student is working on a couple of cool tasks for us. First, as our Phase II Project is geared toward recording Native American students across the US and Canada, we are seeking to anticipate what microphones might be well suited to ship to our Phase II musicians who play a specific instrument. Our intern is recording a bunch of instruments with our mics to help us discover what the mics’ characteristics are and how they might best be utilized during Phase II.

Next, he will be recording in a public school environment, and tasked with finding ways to sound treat common school spaces for recording with readily available materials. Think of it as a way to create a mobile recording studio on the cheap.

We look forward to discovering what he uncovers!